Tom Swift boys' pulp fiction serial featuring famed, fictitious inventor and adventurer, Tom Swift. Later, toward the end of the school year, Jem and Scout find two polished Indian-head pennies, good luck tokens, inside the same knothole. According to Aunt Alexandra's way of thinking, dishonesty and inferiority are traits somehow genetically endemic to the entire race. In this town, the rules of society are clearly set. Scout, Jem, and Dill come to question these conventions as the story progresses. The novel also continues to reveal the ugly underbelly of Maycomb.
She has lacked kind treatment in her life to such an extent that when Atticus calls her Miss Mayella, she accuses him of making fun of her. Scout has never seen anything like their church before, and marvels at how the Church doesn't even have hymns. The chapter introduces the Ewell family, who will figure heavily into the latter part of the book. Scout asks her one day about Boo Radley, and Miss Maudie says that he's still alive, he just doesn't like to come outside. Cannas any of a genus Canna broad-leaved tropical plants, often grown for ornament because of the striking foliage and brilliant flowers. The trial that appears in these chapters is often seen as some of the most pivotal scenes in the novel.
Jem gets older and starts to push scout away. There is good in Mayella, her flowers are the only beautiful thing at the Ewell residence, and Scout thinks that Mayella seems to make an effort to keep herself clean, but her actions seem motivated by cowardice. She seems to believe that behaviors and character traits are hereditary, passed on from one generation to the next - one family might have a Gambling Streak, or a Mean Streak, or a Funny Streak. Dill says he wants Boo to come out and sit with them for a while, as it might make the man feel better. She is still very much living in the innocence of childhood, while Jem is becoming more and more mature. Everyone in the courtroom notices that Tom's left arm is twelve inches shorter than his right, due to an accident in his youth when the arm got stuck a cotton gin.
Radley, but Jem insists on going. The section further reveals Atticus as the moral figurehead of the novel in the way he raises his children. He shows himself to be a highly respectful man, and he carefully and deliberately outlines each piece of evidence. After realizing Miss Caroline doesn't know what that means, Scout explains that the Cunninghams don't accept other people's help, and just try to get by with what little they have. The Radley house is old, dark, closed-off, and uncivilized in contrast to the rest of the neighborhood: once white, it is now a slate-gray color, with rotten shingles, little sunlight, overgrown yards, and a closed door on Sundays. Jem decides to go back and get his pants late that night. Atticus asked if she had any friends.
And yet, suspense prevails in these chapters. Jem told Scout to wait on top of the bed and Jem made a tentative swipe under the bed. The school may be attempting to turn the children into moral beings, but Scout's moral education occurs almost exclusively in her home or in the presence of Maycomb adults and friends. Dill made up this long elaborate story about how he crossed the country on foot and was tied in chains etc. Scout depicts her world as a place of absolutes.
Jem mentions 'mixed' children and Scout asks him what that means. If he did not know, then he could have put himself in considerable danger. The Finch family and Dill head home. Their sister Alexandra remained at Finch's Landing. Radley, Boo's father, had only been seen on his daily trip to collect groceries from 11:30am-12pm, and the family worshipped together in their own home on Sundays. Scout concludes that the only thing separating Mr. Burris Ewell and his family manage to live outside the local and national laws because they are so poor and ignorant, belonging to the lowest circle of white Maycomb society.
Atticus came in and separated them. Atticus also reveals his fatal flaw: he tends to be overly optimistic or unrealistically hopeful at times. Jem tells Scout not to worry about it and to stop pestering Aunt Alexandra. They live behind the garbage dump in a run-down, filthy shack. In Chapter 5, though Atticus tries to encourage the children to leave Boo alone, their senses of sympathy have been summoned by thinking about Boo's solitude and his strict upbringing. Finch isn't going to scare her, and that his job as judge is to stop him if he tries.
Dill said that it was because his mom and new dad were always fawning over each other and never paid attention to him. Later, Scout overhears her father talking to Uncle Jack about the case. He tells them to stop tormenting Boo, and lectures them about how Boo has a right to his privacy, and that they shouldn't go near the house unless they're invited. In Maycomb county, if anyone has a drop of black blood, society considers them all black. Atticus never shows disapproval of either Mr.
Jem is still concerned for Atticus's safety. Individuals are not judged on their own qualities, but rather upon stereotypes forced upon their entire clan. In Chapter 17, the Ewells belong to the bottom set of Maycomb's whites. The story starts with the first summer that Scout and Jem meet Dill, a little boy from Meridian, Mississippi who spends the summers with his aunt, the Finchs' next-door neighbor Miss Rachel Haverford. Bob Ewell takes the witness stand next, and Scout gives some background information about his family. Scout came out into the front room and they immediately stopped fighting and Alexandria was visibly upset.